RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • The implementation of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.
  • The understanding and implementation of Farmers' Rights as addressed in the International Treaty.
  • Plant variety release and seed marketing regulations in the EU and Norway.
  • The effects of multilateral environmental and economic agreements on the management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in developing countries.
  • The role of civil society actors in the implementation of multilateral agreements pertaining to plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in developing countries.
  • The implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, with focus on access to genetic resources and the equitable sharing of benefits from their use.
  • Politics and legislation related to organic food and production.
  • Planning and evaluation method in development co-operation (facilitation of seminars and workshops).
BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE

Academic background

  • Dr. Polit., University of Oslo, Department of Political Science, 2007.
  • Diplom Politologin (equivalent to Cand. polit.), Free University of Berlin, 1991 (political science) .
     

Professional experience

  • Research, project development and management, presentations and other dissemination activities, facilitation of meetings and international consultations processes, and consultancies (advice, evaluations and training seminars), Fridtjof Nansen Institute (since 1995).
  • Executive Director, Oikos – Organic Norway (January 2013 – May 2017)
  • Member of the Norwegian Genetic Resources Committee for Plants (2011-).
  • Member of the Norwegian delegation to all sessions of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (2004-).
  • Member of Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Results in the Development Policy, and of its working committee (2001-03).
  • Chair of the Board of the Rainforest Foundation Norway (2006 – 2012), Vice Chair (2002-2006) and member (2000-2002 and 2012-2016).
  • Staff representative in the Board of the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (1999-03).
  • Senior Research Fellow, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (December 1994 – December 2012)
  • Course co-ordinator, NORAD Training Centre, Oslo (1993-94).
  • Executive Officer, Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft, Unit for Environment and Resource Management, Berlin (1992-93).
  • Research assistant, Free University of Berlin, Department of the Politics of China, East and Southeast Asia (1987-90).
  • Field study experiences: Philippines, India, Nepal, Uganda and Tanzania.

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